Luana, 2nd year at Vassar College

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With the financial assistance from BHGH, I was able to travel to China this past summer to study Mandarin.  I went to Qingdao and took an intensive Chinese course that takes a year-long class and crammed it all into nine weeks. On the weekdays, we had Chinese for four hours straight with daily quizzes and […]

Hour of Code at Yammer

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BHGH scholars visited Yammer today for the Hour of Code, which is a one-hour introduction to computer science. Cristina Akimoff first gave the scholars a tour of the company and then introduced them to their instructors. With the assistance of two Yammer engineers, Gonzalo Maldonado and Isura Edirisinghe, the scholars learned to code their very first […]

Volunteer Testimonial: Julie

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Our scholars at BHGH-SF cannot reach their goals without the support of our very generous network of volunteers who help tutor and mentor them along the way. This month we would like to highlight one of our longest standing volunteers within our group, Julie and share her story of how she got involved with our […]

Meet our new AmeriCorps member Cassidy!

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We’d like to introduce our new AmeriCorp member Cassidy to the BHGH family! Cassidy will be coming in as our new Volunteer and Community Resource Coordinator and has just recently graduated from St. Mary’s College of Indiana with a bachelors in social work. Cassidy just recently moved to Sunnyvale months after graduating college and is […]

Thank you for your generosity Treehut!

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Many thanks to our friends at Treehut for coming in to help support our scholars for the year! We are grateful for their generosity to get our scholars set with the supplies they need to succeed! Check out what the team from Treehut had to say about their experience with our Scholars! Last week we had […]

Volunteer Spotlight & Testimonial: Jenny

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Today, November 21st marks the one year anniversary of service for one of our most dedicated volunteers, Jenny! We are humbled by her generosity to Hope Academy and have seen her grow as a volunteer. Beginning as a tutor and now moving into a mentorship role with one of our college-bound seniors. She is making […]

Booka on Community Service

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Last weekend, The Potrero Hill Learning Garden and Boys Hope Girls Hope San Francisco organization partnered with support from Umpqua Bank and resulted in a very productive day of gardening and service-learning in Jackson Playground. Our goal was to prep our beds for Indian Summer by amending the soil. The soil had not been replaced […]

Guest Blogger Chanel on Bowling

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On Saturday, July 18th Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars and Community Associates Board members participated in a mixer at Yerba Buena Bowling Center in the SOMA district of beautiful San Francisco. The turnout was fantastic, the competition was stiff and before we knew it we had spent two hours getting to know one another over lunch […]

Guest Blogger Michelle on Community Service

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The activity was created by San Francisco Park & Rec., where they meet every month to replant native plants in Mount Sutro. There, we had to climb up a steep hill to reach our destination. They’ve set up designated areas where we plant the potted plants. The potted plants were grown in the nursery until they’re […]

Uber gingerbread cars

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This holiday season, Hope Academy scholars collaborated with the finance and accounting department at Uber for a career panel and gingerbread car assembly challenge. First, scholars broke out into small groups with Uber employees for career Q & A.  Topics ranged from high school memories and college choices to the typical workday of an Uber employee. An answer was […]

Scholars’ Reading Reflections

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BHGH Scholars’ favorite books in 2015: “My favorite book is We Beat the Street, which is about three men growing up in a ‘bad’ neighborhood, doing bad things, and ending up with many consequences. I like this book because I could relate to all three characters at some point in their lives. This book taught me that even if you mess up, […]

Symantec Class

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With so many cautionary tales about our presence on the internet, BHGH decided to bring in experts to teach our scholars how to protect themselves online. We invited three Symantec employees (Jenny, Alex, and Diya) to teach our scholars about internet security. The volunteers made a short presentation about the dangers of revealing too much personal information online, cyber bullying, […]

Google Visit

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After the tour and learning about Google, the scholars headed over to “The Garage” to hang out with two engineers, Chi Zeng and Peter Djeu, and a product marketing manager, Nikhil Sheel. Here, the scholars learned about how Chi and Peter turned Google Map into a Pac Man game for April’s Fool Day. Nikhil, Chi, and […]

IICF Grant

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This year, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) selected BHGH as one of its grant recipients. Two IICF Board members, Mr. Christopher Christ and Mr. Marty Toth, visited our program today and presented BHGH with a $10,000 grant. We are grateful to the IICF, Mr. Christ, and Mr. Toth for their support of our scholars.

Workshop at Yammer

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After a successful time at Yammer for the Hour of Code, BHGH scholars were invited to attend another workshop hosted by Yammer. This time, the young ladies of BHGH participated in the Young Women Communication Workshop. A group of women engineers (and a few men) taught our female scholars how to communicate with confidence in […]

Luana, 2nd year at Vassar College

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With the financial assistance from BHGH, I was able to travel to China this past summer to study Mandarin.  I went to Qingdao and took an intensive Chinese course that takes a year-long class and crammed it all into nine weeks. On the weekdays, we had Chinese for four hours straight with daily quizzes and […]

Soccer Club Update

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Having played soccer for 15 years in Germany, I thought I’d try my hand at “coaching” the BHGH scholars. On my first day, some of the older scholars tricked the younger kids into believing that I played for the national team and in the World Cup this past summer in Brazil. I did not. But […]